I took the opportunity to download the PES2020 demo on Steam. I was firmly in the PES side of the PES/FIFA argument right up to PES05, which was the peak of the franchise for me and then I swapped to FIFA because it really felt like Konami lost their way.
My first Youtube video is PES gameplay and so is my first Youtube Copyright Strike, when FIFA themselves thought that my England-vs-Spain gameplay in July 2006 was stolen footage of the actual World Cup.
Every now and then I’d get the demo for a new version or pick up the game itself on a Steam sale and it was never very good, so I stayed firmly in Camp FIFA.
The 2020 version is now called ePES because they want to focus on the esports side of things, (apparently), and they somehow scraped together enough money to outbid EA for the exclusive image rights to Juventus, meaning the next FIFA will have an Italian team from Turin in black and white stripes called “Calcio A.”
The (e)PES 2020 gameplay is… fine. It feels better than prior versions, but not enough that I would rush to switch away from the other game.
Without question the best thing about it is the addition of certain famous licensed players combined with Konami’s apparent love of dentistry, that turns this sports game into something that looks more like a horror survival game where everyone is trying to kill and then eat you.
To be fair, Suarez probably is trying to do just that.